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Guitars For Good III

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Guitars for good

October 21st – November 03rd

Welcome to the Third Annual Guitars for Good project. Each year we find extremely talented musicians whole desire to help is even bigger than their musical talents. Please take a minute to read about the artists with special needs creating these designs. The special needs causes each musician has chosen. Hopefully you will give their music a listen as well.

Bri Bagwell – www.spinabifidaassociation.org

Parker McCollum  www.bridgewoodfarms.org

Shane Smith & the Saints www.jakeesrr.org

Jerrod Flusche  www.atcoftexas.org

John

John

Guitars for Good III - Bri Bagwell

John was born with spina bifida and runs the Social Media & Fan Club Logistics for Bri Bagwell. Spina Bifida is a birth defect that occurs in the womb during the first few weeks of pregnancy.  It affects the nerves of the spine because the neural tube does not develop properly and results in damage to the nerves along the spine.  It affects anywhere from 1,500 to 2,000 babies each year.  It can range from mild to severe, depending on location and complications like walking and mobility, orthopedic, bowel and bladder problems, and hydrocephalus.  Sometimes, many surgeries are necessary.  The goal of treatment is to improve health and quality of life with community participation the ultimate goal. 

Donna

Donna

Guitars for Good III - Parker McCollum

Donna was born in The Woodlands, Texas on June 26, 1968. Donna’s parents live in Spring and she has 3 half-brothers and 3 half-sisters. She moved to Arkansas with her mom in 1988 and later returned in 2000. Donna’s favorite color is Hot Pink and her favorite food is Spaghetti. She loves cats and Astros Baseball!! Her interests are: Horticulture, crocheting, needlepoint, watching TV, participating in lots of Special Olympic sports. She loves living at one of Bridgewood Farms residential homes with her housemates and Host Home Provider. She also enjoys going on extracurricular outings to Incredible Pizza, Movies, Bowling, Library, Moody Gardens, Museums, shopping excursions and eating out with her peers for dinner. She also loves arts & crafts projects that she can create by hand and loves to help cook. Donna loves being around people and always asking if she can help! Donna volunteers in the nursery at the Ark Church and loves holding babies and taking care of them. 

 

Taylor

Taylor

Guitars for Good - Shane Smith & The Saints

Taylor is the younger brother of Shane Smith and the artist behind this awesome design. Taylor was born at 28 weeks with a craniofacial syndrome known as Treacher-Collins. It is a rare genetic syndrome that occurs in about 1 of every 50,000. About 60% of the kids born with this are “new mutations”, which is Taylor’s case. He was in the neo-natal nursery at Baylor Hospital in Dallas for 6 months before coming home. He has had approximately 14 surgeries, all occurring before the age of 8. He was diagnosed with autism at age 4, but has overcome most of those issues. He also has Central Auditory Processing Disorder, which has been by far the biggest obstacle in his development. He is unable to process words auditorally, in spite of a hearing aid that allows him to hear. His only communication is through sign language, and he is completely non-verbal. He is also unable to swallow so is completely tube fed. He turned 30 this year and is incredibly gifted with legos. He has won 6 blue ribbons at the State Fair of Texas over the last 10 years, including one this year. His LEGO models contain more than 4000 pieces. He is very intelligent and has an incredible memory. Taylor is our 4th and youngest son. He enjoys going to Shane’s shows and loves riding roller coasters and fair rides. He also loves riding horses at Jake E’s riding roundup. Taylor is an incredible blessing to our whole family and I thank God for him everyday!!

Deanna

Deanna

Guitars for Good - Sarah Ross/Jarros Flusche

Deanna is the amazing artist behind this incredible design. Deanna is a young women living with an intellectual disability that causes difficulty thinking and understanding. It also impacts certain conceptual, social, and practical skills. She enjoys all types of Art. She loves Music, Movies, Animals and spending time with her family.